Our Teachers

Valentina Pavlova (Principal)


Valentina Pavlova Valentina studied ballet for 8 years at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. After graduation in 1985 she worked as a principal ballet dancer at the Moscow Festival Theatre. In 1991 Valentina was invited by a prominent Russian choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev to join the State Kremlin Ballet of Russia as a soloist and principal dancer.

Her repertoire includes: Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Napoleon Bonaparte, Tom Sawyer, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Walpurgis Night.

During her career, Valentina toured worldwide across Great Britain, Japan, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Taiwan, China, Norway and Canary Islands.

Valentina has worked with prominent Russian choreographers like Yuri Grigorovich, Vladimir Vasiliev, Andrei Petrov and Marius Liepa.

Valentina has taught ballet classes for professionals when she worked in the Kremlin Ballet and in Moscow Ballet La Classique. Valentina also conducted rehearsals. She enjoys working with children, and has extensive experience teaching youngsters in Russia, Japan and Great Britain.

In 2004 Valentina choreographed a composition from ‘Swan Lake’ with students from Charles Campbell Secondary School.

Jessie McKinlay


Jessie McKinlay Bachelor of Dance Performance, 2004, Adelaide Centre for the Arts (ACArts)

Jessie worked with Melbourne company BalletLab in 2005 & 2006, and travelled with the company to perform in their work ‘Amplification’ in Romania & Bulgaria. In 2010 Jessie worked with Lucy Guerin and Tere O’Connor in a HotBed Residency, and with Luke George as part of Melbourne independent collective Phantom Limb on ‘Further Fantasy’. Jessie worked with Adelaide choreographer Daniel Jaber on ‘Degradation’, and ‘Scum’ and joined him in Malaysia on an AsiaLink Residency at Rimban Dahan, to perform in ‘WG Spiel’. In 2011 Jessie performed in the Melbourne Dance Festival DanceMASSIVE with Canadian dance theatre group Bluemouth Inc. in their work ‘Dance Marathon’. In 2012, Jessie performed in the Adelaide Festival in Leonard Bernsteins ‘MASS’ directed by Andy Packer, with choreography by Larissa McGowan. She was also a part of an inter-disciplinary arts residency in 2012 at Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, co-creating ‘Dance Hall’, directed by Sydney artists Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward. In 2013 she performed in Alison Curries ‘Build. Hold. Destroy’ as part of the Adelaide Fringe Window World. In 2014 Jessie performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in ‘MONO’ by Melbourne company House of VnHoly.

Jessie spent time in New York doing an internship with Movement Research Centre in 2008, and in 2012 with Danspace Project. Jessie travelled back to New York in 2015 to partake in Movement Research’s MELT Festival, a 5 week intense series of workshops with Jeremy Nelson, KJ Holmes, Vicky Shick, Jimena Paz, Kyle DeCamp, Juliette Mapp, Barbara Mahler, Donna Uchizono, Darrell Jones,Yvonne Meir, RosAnne Spradlin, Hristoula Harakas, Steven Petronio, and Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Jessie choreographed her first dance work ‘Foxing Round a Story’ in 2010 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was nominated for 2 Fringe Awards, including Best Dance. Jessie premiered her work ‘The Isabetta Project' for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, it won a Best Dance Award at the Weekly Fringe Awards, and the inSPACE Development Award. In 2017 Jessie had a Residency at the Adelaide Festival Centre, developing a new work as part of the inSPACE Development Program. In 2018 Jessie had a choreographic residency at LWDance Hub (Leigh Warren & Dancers), continuing her development of new work ‘A Supposed Truth’.

Olga Buglak


Olga Buglak Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach, Rhythmic Gymnastics Judge.

Olga has over 15 years experience in coaching Rhythmic Gymnastics. During this time she produced many Australian national and South Australia state champions. In 2019, Olga’s gymnasts were selected to be on the Australian national squad and therefore are eligible to represent Australia in international competitions. In 2014 and 2015, Olga and her gymnasts were selected to represent Australia in the New Zealand Tour. In 2016, Olga and her gymnasts took part in international competitions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Olga also has experience in teaching and creating dance, including acrobatic, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and Russian/Ukrainian folk dance. Her creative work has been performed at Fringe Festivals, Gymnaestradas, Pacific School Games Opening Ceremony, South Australian and Australian Championships.

Olga’s coaching style is full of life and energy and your child is sure to have fun in her class whilst improving their coordination, flexibility, strengths, acrobatic and bodywork technique.

Aidan Kane Munn


Aidan Kane Munn Aidan Kane Munn is enjoying a diverse and successful career working with many fantastic people and outstanding artists. He has performed and created work for people through out Australia, Asia and Europe.

Aidan graduated from the Australian Ballet School in 1989, joining the Australian Dance Theatre in the following year. Aidan then went on to work with Leigh Warren and Dancers as a founding member, performing in many of their productions over the next decade.

During this time Aidan also worked as freelance performer and choreographer, positions include; Associate Director of Outlet Dance Youth Ensemble “Outrageous”, Associate Director for Urban Myths production “Project X”, performed and choreographed for the Paul Cox film “The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky” and choreographed for the South Australian independent Dance Collective.

Aidan was also involved in two self devised performance groups, “Da Whyze Guize” dance theatre with in the Jazz idiom performing regularly at the cargo club and cabaret venues around Adelaide. The second, Street Theatre Group “Buzz” a hip-hop circus, which performed regularly in Australian festivals as well as having two successful tours of the European Festival Circuit including Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2004 Aidan retired from performing and focused his attention on teaching dance and creating dance works. Aidan regularly teaches for SACE dance students, AC arts, Terry Simpson Studios, Tabor College, Flinders University, Ausdance, Kurruru indigenous youth arts centre and The Australian Dance Theatre.

Lisa Eardley Brame


Lisa Eardley Brame Lisa Eardley Brame was formerly educated at Arizona State University (ASU) holding a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in: Dance Choreography and Business. Lisa also has graduate work in Dance Choreography and Special Education. She continues to stay current in the dance and performing arts industry and is a working Choreographer. Lisa is also certified in all three levels of Progressing Ballet Technique in the USA and Australia.

Lisa enjoys the full spectrum of dance education and at an early age fell in love with the performance arts. As a child Lisa was an elite gymnast, acrobat, contortionist and also trained in vocals. She transitioned into classical ballet, and was accepted into the youth ballet company Ballet Etudes, at age eleven. In addition to classical ballet, Lisa trained in traditional jazz and tap dance, and musical theatre. Lisa was awarded scholarships to continue her training in university from several Universities: Marymount Manhattan College NY, Texas Christian University, and Ohio State University. Lisa stayed in Arizona to continue teaching her dance students and received her formal dance choreography and technique education at ASU. Lisa has performed on land, sea, and abroad, in dance and musical theatre. Lisa has received countless choreography excellence and entertainment awards, and her pieces have been selected and performed internationally in more than 18 countries on more than 4 continents.

In 1999, Lisa opened Elite Dance & Performing Arts (EDPA), and for seven years it was one of Arizona's Top Dance Studios and the first freestanding state-of-the-art dance studio in the Phoenix, Arizona area. During these seven years, numerous awards were given for Lisa’s talent of choreography and display of technical excellence (especially ballet) with her students and pre-professional company, Elite Dance Force. Community choreographic collaborative projects and performances were among the moments that created a unique experience for her dancers, families, and company members. Lisa has also been giving back to the dance community for over 20 years as a national level judge/adjudicator, and travels throughout each dance season for these opportunities.

Lisa has always stayed connected to the dance industry as a choreographer and technique instructor. She has set works at several reputable academies and companies (Arizona Youth Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Dance Connection, and Club Dance), and has been invited to instruct master classes and create production choreography throughout America and around the world. Since 2013, Ms. Lisa has been choreographing and instructing at the world renowned Master Ballet Academy (MBA) under the direction of Slawomir Wozniak and Irena Wozniak. Lisa successfully created the Youth Division at Master Ballet Academy bringing in more than 150 new students and in 2017, Lisa, along with Albert Blaise Cattafi, spearheaded the Master Ballet Academy Performance Company (MBAPC). Lisa has been on MBA Faculty and choreographed for soloists, ensembles, and production pieces for their annual Spring Show. Lisa has also assisted with the Phoenix Ballet Nutcracker auditions and production since 2015. Through her work at Master Ballet Academy, Lisa has worked with reputable dancers as choreography and technique coach. One example is cleaning and coaching for Travis Wall pieces set on Sophia Lucia and William Jackson Beckham for Varna International Ballet Competition. Lisa's soloists continue to achieve top marks in Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) and at National level ballet competitions.

In 2019 Lisa and her family moved to Australia and are proud permanent residents now in South Australia. She toured with Starpower International Talent Competition as Australia's regional director in training and enjoyed working with the dancers at the Australian Dance Festival. In the Central Coast of NSW Lisa helped to develop an Elite Program for JB Dance and then in Adelaide, SA she spearheaded Term 1 programming (dance and performing arts) for GWB Entertainment as Creative Manager of GWB Studios. Ms Lisa is currently enjoying adjudication, dance photography, and traveling throughout SA offering Ballet Clinics and master classes to her community.

Several of Lisa Eardley Brame’s Alumni students have gone on to lead successful professional careers as: choreographers (Tokyo, Danielle Towne, Alexa Anderson, Audrey Benson), university scholarship recipients (University of Arizona, University of the Arts, Point Park Conservatory), professional company dancers (Gus Giordano, Alvin Ailey, Rasta Thomas Bad Boys of Dance), SYTYCD (Ade Obayomi, Alexa Anderson, and Bridget Whitman), Disney Performers (Disneyland, Disneyworld, Disney Cruise), actors/dancers in movies and concerts (The Greatest Showman, Lady Gaga), and as artistic directors (Danielle Town) and as studio owners (CanDance -AZ, The Edge - MN, Tokyo The Academy -LA).

Lisa, or “Ms Lisa”, as she prefers to be called, enjoys sharing in the building of confidence and lifelong memories by working with and inspiring today’s youth, and values the opportunity to give back to the community through creative works as well as education of emerging artists. Ms Lisa reminds everyone to dance from their heart and to always follow your dreams!

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